The Sunset Theatre

Opened December 6, 1934
Re-Opened July 1,  2006

The Sunset Theatre is set against the backdrop of the rolling hills of the Cariboo Mountains.  It is in the heart of the old gold-mining town of Wells BC. During the 1930’s, Wells boasted a population of over 4000 residents, but hard times diminished the population to just over 250 residents today. Wells is 8km from the historic town of Barkerville and 28 km from the world-renowned Bowron Lakes; both popular tourist destinations.  Originally a movie theatre built in 1934, the Sunset has been a dance-hall, BC’s first gambling hall (the Dominion Club), and even a morgue.  As the prospect of gold faded, so too did the town. Buildings sat empty awaiting their inevitable demise due to the harsh and unforgiving elements of the Cariboo.  The Sunset Theatre was no exception. The Sunset Theatre has changed hands several times throughout its history and was operated by the Wells Historical Society for many years during the late 1970's through the early 80's.  In  1999 when the building was purchased and over the past 15 years has been loving restored beyond its former glory offering professional live theatre, movies, boot camps and concert venue.

Mission Statement

The Sunset Theatre exists for the artist with a mandate to provide space and professional support for theatre artists to realize their vision and bring their voice to the stage. 

Artists who have performed at our stage:

Julia MackeyKelley Jo BurkeMorag NortheyEric Rose, Dirk Van Stralen, Geoffrey Ewert, Anthony Holland, Kate Braidwood, Ken Cameron, Christina Patterson, Johnathan Lewis, The Fugitives, Ben Rose, Geoffrey Ewertt, Michael Delamont, Rebecca Starr, Heather Pawsey, Rembetika Hipsters, Plaid Tongued Devils, Nicole Zylstra, Jacqueline Russell, Kate Braidwood, Philippe Gaulier, Cheryl Hutton, Aaron Coates, Beverley Elliott, Linda Kidder, Meg Tennant, Rae Armour, James Keelaghan, Yael Wand, Tim Sutherland, Lindsay Burns, Onalea Gilbertson, David Rhymer, Christina Patterson, David Radford, Jacqueline Russell, James Douglas, Danette Boucher, Charles Ross, Ross Douglas, Dana Marie Battaglia, Matthew Quick, Lucas Meyers, Andrew Hamilton, Sebastian Semur, The Human Statues, Navaz, Jenny Able, Laura Harris, North Country Cinema Film Festival, Hugh Portman, Lindsay Gould (Charlie), Jennie French, Dylan Moules, Colleen Murphy, Mariel Buckley, Katelyn Escott, Tim Williams

Support the Sunset

There are many ways to help the Sunset Theatre achieve its goal of becoming the 'go-to' place for artists to come and create new work. If you are interested in the work we are doing and wish to help us bring the best theatre in the world to the Cariboo, please make a donation. You can also volunteer at the concession or Box Office and see the show for free. Anyone working at the concession must hold a valid BC Serving-it-Right certificate. Alternatively, you could become a Board Member and actively become involved with the success of the Sunset Theatre. 

Become a Member
Lifetime membership fee only $20.

Membership Card with $2 discount for all Sunset Theatre productions except rentals (i.e. Arts Wells)
One 'bring a guest' pass - (guest must be a non-member)
Aftershow Bevies - applies to only particular shows
Sunset Theatre Pin

To become a member please contact

Become a Partner

If you or your company or someone you know is interested in supporting the Sunset Theatre in a bigger way, please contact us directly.  We are currently looking for partners who we can get creative with to make this little diamond in the rough a goldmine.  

This partnership can be through sponsorship, private donation, creative contribution, volunteerism, advocacy, becoming a board member or service provider, or providing value in kind.